Mindfulness-Based Chronic Pain Management (MBCPMTM) is a programme developed by Dr. Jackie Gardner-Nix, a physician and University of Toronto associate professor, who has worked as a chronic pain consultant for many years at University of Toronto pain clinics, including at St Michael’s Hospital, Toronto, Canada. It is based on the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Program (MBSR) originated by Jon Kabat-Zinn in the USA several decades ago, and has been developed into a trauma-sensitive programme that is more customized to the needs of those dealing with chronic pain. It is just as effective for stress management. Since 2002, over 12,000 people have participated in the MBCPMTM courses to better manage their chronic pain conditions. Courses have extended across Ontario, often via the use of telemedicine. Classes are conducted in meeting rooms at various hospitals/health facilities/corporations, in a welcoming and relaxed atmosphere.
Attendees learn the principles of mindfulness, and how the practice can reduce suffering and improve healing. Mindfulness can assist in many aspects of life, such as remaining calmer and more pain-controlled when interacting with family, friends, colleagues, employers and insurers, and when facing challenges, often reducing suffering, emotionally and physically. Life skills and self-care are also enhanced in this course.
NNC acts as a training, mentoring and accrediting company for facilitators wishing to take the programme back to their own communities, increasing its accessibility within health care and corporate environments as it spreads throughout Ontario and beyond. Professional trainings are now run in conjunction with the University of Toronto’s School of Continuing Studies. A Stress Course with a parallel trauma-informed/sensitive curriculum, and Alumni courses with workbooks have been developed to add to the basic (level 1) MBCPMTM course: MBCPMTM Revision (Level 2); Emotional Skills; and Lumina Spark. Facilitators professionally trained in delivering the basic course can also teach the stress course version, the revision course, and can apply to be trained in the Emotional Skills course. NNC produces the course curriculum for the professional trainings, course materials for client courses, and acts as an information and consulting hub.
For patients/clients, this website helps you to find courses you can attend. If you are interested in taking a course, please read About the Class, and check for course locations under our courses tab. For more information please click here.
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Joan, Intake and Facilitation Assessment CoordinatorInputs patient referrals for the MBCPM™ programmes run by facilitators contracting to NNC staff for their enrollments, and coordinates end-of-course patient evaluations for all facilitators, to ensure quality control. Read more
Dr. Jackie Gardner-Nix, Founder & Medical DirectorDr. Gardner-Nix is a Chronic Pain Consulting Physician, Department of Anaesthesia, Pain Clinic, St Michael’s Hospital, and an Associate Professor in the Department of Anaesthesia, University of Toronto. She is also on staff at Northumberland Hills Hospital, Cobourg. She trained in the renowned Jon Kabat-Zinn’s Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program in the USA in 2001. Read more
Sara, Programmes Liaison CoordinatorProvide support to Medical Director, assistance to trained MBCPM™ facilitators, and enroll prospective facilitators and health care professionals for the professional trainings. She enrolls patients for MBCPM™ programme facilitated by several facilitators, and provides support at NNC trainings, workshops and presentations. Read more